Tonight was my last production night for the NECC Observer. It's not entirely over yet, there's still the staff dinner and I'm going to be spending a lot of time working on the succession process over the summer (We're hoping to really streamline it, to mitigate the loss of institutional knowledge that can cripple a student paper at a community college) and I imagine I'll make myself available for questions to the incoming Copy Editor and Editor-in-Chief. But my role in actually assembling the paper is over as of tonight.
I feel like I'm leaving it at a very good time. The Observer has done a huge amount of good for me. I got both my current jobs through the NECC Journalism program. And the commitment of the paper has never been so great that it was overwhelming, but it has been a challenge I've appreciated for the past few years.
I feel like I'm writing a sanitized, PR-style version of this post, but honestly. I am grateful for and fond of my time at the Observer, but I feel like it's a good time to move on to new things.